Nov
3
2007

Italian Meatball Sliders

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Dinner

These make a fun little dinner and they are full of flavor. I jazzed up a store bought sauce, but you can make a homemade sauce if you’d like. Make a side of pasta to use for the extra sauce. The kids loved these! They thought it was a cool hamburger with lots of ketchup. Enjoy!

Italian Meatball Sliders

3-4 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 lb lean ground beef
½ Cup finely chopped white onion
¼ Cup packed thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
2 Tablespoons finely chopped sun dried tomatoes, oil packed, drained
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ Cup Italian Seasoned Bread Crumbs (or you can make your own fresh crumbs)
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
1 Tablespoon Tabasco hot sauce
1 egg
2 Tablespoons milk

Sauce
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
¼ Cup finely chopped white onion
¼ Cup finely chopped red or green bell pepper
2 Cloves garlic, minced
1 jar of your favorite Pasta Sauce, I used Classico
¼ Cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves

12 fresh basil leaves
½ Cup fresh grated parmesan cheese

1. Place olive oil into 9×13 inch baking dish and swirl to coat bottom surface. Combine all meatball ingredients in a large bowl until well combined. Take about ¼ Cup handful of meat mixture and roll into ball. Align all into baking sheet.
2. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until cooked through. Half way through bake time, use fork to flip meatballs.
3. Place olive oil into a large skillet or saucepan over medium heat. Saute onion and bell pepper until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, sauce and basil leaves. Reduce heat to low and simmer until serving.
4. Brush insides of rolls with extra virgin olive oil and broil for 1-2 minutes or until golden brown.
5. Place a basil leaf onto bottom roll, a meatball, a spoonful of marinara sauce and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Close with top roll. Enjoy!

Makes about 12 little sliders


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  1. 1
    Mademoiselle Emilie Eats says:

    These look delicious! This reminds me of the “Throwdown” I just watched. They made meatballs & Bobby lost.

  2. 2
    The Harris Family Daily Chat says:

    I’d really like to know how you stay thin? I am serious. I know that you REALLY make all the stuff you post. These look so..good Jen. I want to make them and the cupcakes..I LOVE coconut! Great pics.

  3. 3
    Jenny says:

    Hi Emilie,
    Darn, I missed that throwdown with Bobby Flay. Love that show.

    Lisa,
    I’ve accepted the fact that I’ll never be ultra skinny because of how much I like to cook and eat. I better keep working out or I’ll be in trouble!

    You’ll love these sliders and the cupcakes. I’m looking forward to making Stacy’s rolls this week, they sound heavenly! Enjoy!

  4. 4
    Project Couture Vintage says:

    Hey, where were these sliders last night???

  5. 5
    Karen says:

    Give me a slider!
    I’d love to make these, and I know my kids would be very happy if I did.

  6. 6
    Jenny says:

    Too funny Karen,
    Anything that looks like a hamburger the kids love!

  7. 7
    Proud Italian Cook says:

    Jenny, I made meat ball sliders too! Hey were did you get your buns?? Do you have costco there? Thanks, for the link on your blog I just noticed it! You have a really nice blog and I will be back too! Oh, and my 6 yr old grandaughter is a VERY picky eater!! maybe I’ll get some tips from you!!

  8. 8
    Jenny says:

    Proud Italian Cook,
    I actually got the idea for these sliders from your blog. They looked so good, I made my own version.

    I got the rolls at Costco. They are the perfect size. There are a ton of them, so I just put them in ziplocks and freeze them until I need them.

    Thanks for stopping in, I love your blog and I check it often!

  9. 9
    Cheryl Newton says:

    Jenny,
    I know by now you’re probably trying to figure out a way to block me from seeing your blog! I thought I had read it from the beginning, but either I’m getting forgetful, or I just missed a bunch of recipes. Everything looks delicious, even stuff I’d never eat because I’m, well, picky! Anywho, what’s the temp for these babies? 350?
    Thanks,
    Cheryl

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